Last weekend offered the chance to visit the magnificent Cathedral twice: firstly on Saturday, when it was an honour to be invited by the Royal Life Saving Society to their annual awards ceremony, which recognises the incredible bravery of scores of members and volunteers from across the country. It is a real honour that the City and Cathedral were chosen to host this event.
The second occasion was on the summons of the High Sheriff; I was able to witness the Lord Lieutenant, law makers and judiciary in all their finery for the annual Shrievalty service. This is an occasion which celebrates the High Sheriff’s office and marks the beginning of the legal year: an experience indeed.
On Monday I held a reception for all the volunteers and organisations that made the Worcester Stands Tall Event such a brilliant success. It was heart-warming for Sajeeda and I to hear from the unsung heroes and the army of dedicated volunteers and supporters who helped massively to brighten up the city this summer.
Tuesday was National Restart the Heart Day; volunteer organisations and the NHS Ambulance service were at the Guildhall teaching vital lifesaving skills. In just under 15 minutes I was confidently able to learn the basics of CPR; it’s such a vital skill that can be crucial to saving a life, yet surprisingly many people lack the basic knowledge. I urge you to spare 15 minutes to learn the technique – if you can’t get to an event then there are many online resources out there too.
This summer saw over 500 young children complete the annual reading challenge at the Hive. I was there to present the awards to children who had completed six books or more. Reading is such a valuable skill; it’s more important than ever to recognise the effort of the children and their parents!
As always, I am humbled and grateful to be a servant of this wonderful City. Have a safe and brilliant weekend.